Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Van Doorne
JACHTHAVENWEG 121
1081 KM AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 75265, 1070 AG AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The ‘pragmatic and fast-paced’ practice at Van Doorne handles the full range of data protection and cybersecurity mandates with significant expertise in high-risk, multi-jurisdictional matters including contentious work. Recent highlights include advising GGD GHOR on a Dutch DPA investigation in relation to a data theft involving the processing of Covid-19 health data; and acting for New York Pizza, which was involved in an extortion threat following the theft of its customer and employee data. ‘Calm, precise and pragmatic practitionerElisabeth Thole heads up the group, which also includes newly promoted counsel Özer Zivali, who is active in contentious matters.

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Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and fast-paced while absolute experts in their field.’

‘Elisabeth Thole is very experienced and an absolute expert in data protection law.’

‘Highly experienced, boardroom level, flexible, both strategic and hands on.’

‘Elisabeth Thole: absolute top-level, strong in analysis and strategy, gets the right team in place and is very clear in communication, she delivers.’

‘The team is very diverse and open minded. It has a very good standing in the market (and is well known in Europe). Quick and clear advice. Reflection of business needs and framework.’

‘I like to work with Elisabeth. She has a very bright personality. She is extremely well known in the industry and shapes it in the Netherlands. She is always accessible. A smart and very diligent lawyer. She is definitely leading. Özer Zivali has a very similar approach. Elisabeth is the star, Özer is rising.’

‘Always very fast and transparent communication.’

‘Completely on top of new developments, high technical understanding.’

Key clients

Achmea / InShared

Ahold (Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize)

Atradius

IDEXX

Fabory

Getir

GGD GHOR

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

New York Pizza

TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology

Wigo4IT

Xior

Work highlights

  • Assisting GGD GHOR with the investigation started by the Dutch Data Protection Authority in February 2021 in relation to a data theft involving the processing of Covid-19 health data.
  • Assisted New York Pizza, which was a victim of an extortion threat, in relation to the theft of customer data and employee data.
  • Successfully assisting TU/e with various data protection matters, including acting in proceedings on the right of inspection started by a data subject, under both the former data protection regime and the GDPR.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Van Doorne draws on strength from its corporate, employment, TMT and insurance groups to advise on a range of mediations, including those with international aspects. Recently the firm has seen an uptick in instructions from healthcare and life sciences clients, and it often handles disputes around commercial contracts, technology, employment and shareholder matters. Bas van Zelst leads the team and has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution; he is also a professor of dispute resolution and arbitration at Maastricht University. Steven Sterk made partner.

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Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is that they prepare well in terms of content, bring extensive and applied knowledge to bear on the mediation, take a constructive but results-oriented approach throughout the mediation, and provide sound advice on the feasibility of a good outcome without unnecessary time-writing’.

‘The person involved in the mediation has a friendly, non-aggressive manner that allows the right conversation to occur’.

‘Willing to listen to the arguments of the other party and appreciate them in order to work, in consultation with the client, towards a solution that both parties find acceptable’.

‘From a business perspective, they remain firm in this process and do not lose sight of reasonableness and the client’s interests’.

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Van Doorne is ‘very pleasant to work with, delivers high-quality advice and is very dedicated to its clients and cases’. Its broad practice is well known in the market for enforcement work, internal investigations, representation and defence of clients in court, and compliance matters. Practice co-head Jan Leliveld has notable experience in fraud and bribery cases, sanctions, environmental matters and economic offences. Newly promoted partner and fellow co-head Vanessa Liem has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory enforcement issues. Neyah van der Aa joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

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‘Available when needed urgently, concise advise, exactly what you need exactly when you need it’.

‘Jan Leliveld is a smooth operator’.

‘Jan Leliveld has managed to build a very strong legal defence team in a very limited amount of time’.

‘The Van Doorne team is both highly skilled and nice to work with’.

‘High level lawyers, with an ability to handle large and complex cases’.

‘Vanessa Liem is a fantastic lawyer to work with; she is smart, highly involved, with great capabilities to handle sensitive situations’.

‘Ed van Liere is a very professional, skilled and devoted lawyer’.

‘Van Doorne has built a fine white-collar crime team’.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

The multidisciplinary food and beverage practice of Van Doorne combines expertise in various areas from commercial and corporate, finance, administrative and employment law to IT, IP, privacy, real estate, litigation, and EU and competition. The firm is ‘one of the best independent Dutch law firms with an excellent reputation and tradition’, and is known for its strength in cross-border matters. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld handles contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international companies and organisations regarding commercial contracts related to the sector.

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Testimonials

‘The Team of Van Doorne is unique as far as it concerns our case and they gave a very clear answer how to handle our case and to which tariff/costs. Their (legal) knowledge of the case we were having with one of our relations was very accurate and saved a lot of extra time and effort.’

‘Our contact person (Lisette Bieleveld) was very well informed with great knowledge of the case we asked Van Doorne for. Next to that she was very cooperative, transparant about costs, and willing to sort things out for our company of which we had no knowledge of.’

‘VAN DOORNE is one of the best independent Dutch law firms with an excellent reputation and tradition. Our firm is collaborating in the setting up of a worldwide franchise system in the food industry. Van Doorne is in charge with the Dutch part and is extremely helpful with to the point advice and a pragmatic approach’

‘Lisette Bieleveld is a partner our firm is working with since many years. She has shown her quality in high profile cases where she was acting with an authority you rarely meet. Lisette has the experience to handle the matters with the aim of reaching a pragmatic solution for the clients. Exceptional quality’

‘Within hours Van Doorne was there to support us with their best people. Immediately understanding for our case. With support on the content but also in line with our emotions at that moment.’

Key clients

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Agrico B.V. (potatoes)

Ahold Europe Real Estate & Construction B.V. (Albert Heijn and Gall&Gall)

AMC Grupo Alimentacion Fresco y Zumos S.

Baarsma Wine Group Nederland

Barentz N.V.

Bedo Imex B.V. (Akdos)

Bergbanket B.V.

Bio Detection Systems B.V.

BrunchCo 21

Campina

Carbonell Nederland B.V.

C.I.V. Superunie B.A.

Coöperatieve Inkoopcombinatie Dranken Compagnie U.A.e

Cott Corporation (private label producer of non-alcoholic drinks)

Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Detailresult Services B.V. (Dirk van den Broek and DekaMarkt)

De Banketgroep B.V. (waffles, cookies and cakes)

Distilleries Group Toorank B.V.

Drie Mollen International B.V.

Dutch Bakery Holding B.V.

Eden Springs

Emmi Benelux B.V.

Enkco

Euro-Caps B.V. (coffee and coffee pads)

Europastry SA

Fernandez

FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V.

Foodimus

General Mills

Getir B.V.

Giorgi Global

Go Tan

Healthspan Ltd.

Herbalife

H. van Wijnen

ISK Bioscience Europe N.V.

JDE Peet’s

KFC Holdings B.V.

Klaas Puul B.V.

Koninklijke Agrifirm Group

Koninkijke Ahold Delhaize N.V.

Lenger Seafoods

Marine Harvest ASA (seafood)

Marqt

MCO Health B.V.

Meatless B.V. (vegetarian meat and fish substitutes)

Moët & Chandon

New York Pizza

Nutreco N.V.

Nutricia Export B.V.

Padifood Service B.V.

Pandriks Holding B.V.

Paterson Arran Ltd. (biscuits)

Plukon Food Group

PLUS Retail B.V.

PortionPack Europe Holding B.V.

Prins & Dingemanse B.V.

Prinsen Food

PV Industries B.V.

Royal Sanders

Sonion Nederland B.V.

Starbucks Coffee Netherlands B.V.

Stichting Albert Schweitzer

Stichting de Zorgcirkel

Struik Holding N.V. and Struik Europe N.V.

SunOpta

Supergoods UG

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.

The Green Happiness

Tony’s Factory B.V. (Tony’s Chocolonely)

Trioplast Industries AB

United Coffee Services Schweiz AG

United Softdrinks B.V.

Van Oers United

Vaessen-Schoemaker B.V.

Vita Square B.V.

Wipak

Work highlights

  • Advising Deen Holding Hoorn B.V. on the proposed sale of all of its 80 supermarkets to Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt and, within this, on the overall commercial sales strategy and the commercial approach towards its suppliers as well as on its membership of C.I.V. Superunie B.A. (the cooperative association of supermarket chains).
  • Advised Getir on raising USD555m in a Series D funding round and on expanding its rapid grocery delivery service to the Netherlands.
  • Advised Tony’s Chocolonely on its Sweet Solution campaign.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Van Doorne is in high demand for its comprehensive range of IT expertise, continually growing its client roster. In addition to IT/cloud-based outsourcing agreements and corporate and M&A transactions for tech companies, the group’s expertise extends to AI, fintech, cyber security and privacy issues. It also has specialist expertise in the field of digital health thanks to counsel Louis Jonker, who heads the fintech group in addition to specialising in IT projects in the healthcare sector. Seasoned practice head Bart van Reeken‘s loyal clients appreciate that he can take control of the most complex cases. The team of associates includes the highly rated Ruud de Kleijn who assists clients in non-contentious matters and disputes. The practice is noted for the quality of its client training programmes and webinars and is also active in various national and international networks, including ITechLaw and Sourcing Nederland.

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Testimonials

‘The team is highly efficient and pleasant to work with. They deliver within time and within budget as agreed at the highest levels of quality. One clear differentiator vis-à-vis other firms is a proactive attitude that helps drive to timely delivery of projects and the capability to deal with internal clients of company’s legal counsels as a true extension to the in-house counsel. The team is clearly very experienced dealing with IT contracting/transactions and very rapidly adds value to the project we engage them on.’

‘Bart van Reeken is an absolute joy to work with. His drive, humour and intelligence are energizing: he brings energy and drive to any project he is engaged in. He is the best negotiator I have had the pleasure to work with, often using clear (and humorous) analogies to achieve the right result in abstractly worded contractual mechanisms. Berber Bosch is a clear talent who is very capable and developing rapidly further. One to watch.’

Van Doorne is a very client-friendly organisation, easily accessible, well aware of the latest developments in the field of legislation and regulations and a valuable support for us.’

Louis Jonker is a lawyer who is well versed in the field of AI and Information Technology and always willing to share his knowledge and skills with me. He takes all the time to work things out in all finesse and makes every effort to achieve the best for my organisation.’

I very much enjoy working with Ruud de Kleyn. He is a very good and practical lawyer and is extremely helpful and service-oriented. I have gotten to know Ruud as someone you can really count on.’

‘The team, leaded by Louis Jonker, is highly specialised and knowledgeable in the latest developments in the field of IT/SAAS, provides highly useful solutions and thinks outside the box in terms of strategy.’

‘Deep knowledge of software/insurance industry developments.’

‘The IT team of Van Doorne feel almost as colleagues. They are very responsive and pragmatic and have substantive knowledge of the market and our IT landscape, which makes this an ideal team for us to work with.’

Key clients

Achmea

Aegon

Ahold Delhaize

Deloitte Consulting

FedEx International

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

InAdmin RiskCo

KPMG Advisory

Maastro clinic

MRI Software

Municipality of Leeuwarden

Parnassia Groep

Schuberg Philis

SIM

SIVON

Solera Nederland

Traka ASSA ABLOY

Troy

Wigo4it

Woonbron

Yolt/YTS

Zwipe

Work highlights

  • Assisted a global service provider with outsourcing a large part of its financial administration functions across several continents.
  • Assisted InAdmin RiskCo (an Achmea/PGB joint venture) with outsourcing the development of its pension administration system and infrastructure support to CGI.
  • Assisted Yolt and YTS with a corporate restructuring from being a business unit within ING Bank to becoming an ING Bank venture, both in the UK and in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 1

Van Doorne leverages its strengths in dispute resolution, M&A, IP and real estate to advise on a range of matters in the retail sector. Particular specialisms of the firm include commercial contracts, litigation, insolvency, e-commerce, employment and distribution matters. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld acts for domestic and international companies and organisations, with notable expertise in commercial litigation, consumer law and liability law.

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Testimonials

‘Strong, no nonsense professionals.’

‘I have been working with Van Doorne’s practice for quite some time now. The work delivered is of excellent quality. If it is necessary to switch with other offices (national or international) or with other departments, this is done effectively and efficiently. As a customer, I can choose to be unburdened or to keep control in my own hands, but I can always count on the team’s high involvement and commitment.’

‘In my contact with the various lawyers within this team, the high degree of involvement, accessibility and speed of action is striking. Lisette Bieleveld fulfills an exemplary role in this. She always thinks one step ahead, can view the case from different angles and does this in a personal and empathetic way, without losing the necessary professionalism and sharpness.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management

Actis

AD International

Agrico

Albemarle Corporation

Annexum

Arovo B.V.

Asadel

Astana Group

AutoBinck Holding

Barentz

Barry Callebaut Belgium

Bedo Imex

BCC (Elektro-Speciaalzaken)

BOVAG

Buckaroo

CBR Fashion Group

Cecil

Cott Coporation

Decathlon

Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Deli Home Holding B.V.

Denon & Marantz Group

Detailresult Groep

D&M

Dutch State Lottery

DRC Capital

Dyson

D.I.O. drogisterijen

Eci Holding

Eichholtz

Electronic Arts

Electronic Partner

E & M Holding B.V. (Eyes & More)

EasyPark

Getir

Green Swan

Goossens

Hans Anders Retail Group

Helly Hansen

Hornbach

Hunkemöller International

IMPS

Intergamma (Gamma and Karwei)

INTRAKOOP, Coöperatieve Inkoopvereniging voor zorg en welzijn U.A.

Kettler

Laboratoires La Prairie

LG CNS Europe

Marqt B.V.

M7 Real Estate

McArthurGlen Group/Simon Property Group

North Technology Group

Office Depot

Ottravo

Onkenhout&Onkenhout

Paradox Interactive

Patta

PLUS

Princess Stores

Prominent

Rautaruukki

Renault Nederland

Retail Estates N.V.

RetourMatras B.V.

Rockstars

Royal Sanders

Staatsloterij / Nederlandse Loterij

Schwan-STABILO Schwanhäuber GmbH & Co. KG

Solidus Solutions Holding B.V.

Starbucks

Stella

Stella & Dot

Stern Group

STG

Street One

Superunie (members including Coop, Dirk, Vomar, Deen)

Tesa

Tag Heuer

Takko Fashion

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.

Ticketmaster

TNT

Trionios Group International

Tony’s Chocolonely

TW Steel Europe

Watch4us

Walt Disney Company

Zack

Work highlights

  • Assisting DEEN with negotiations regarding the proposed sale of all 80 stores branches of DEEN Supermarkets in the Netherlands to Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DeKamarkt – including drafting and concluding several agreements, and advising on existing commercial agreements, liability aspects, internal and external communication and employment, corporate and real estate issues.
  • Advised Annexum Beheer on the financing of its acquisition of the Jumbo supermarket property portfolio (the largest supermarket real estate deal in the past year), and also on the refinancing of its Super Winkel Fonds, one of the largest Dutch supermarket investment funds in the Netherlands.
  • Advising Getir, a market disruptor, on its introduction to the Dutch market, covering various aspects of Dutch law including e-commerce, consumer law, labour law, zoning law and privacy.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

Van Doorne‘s insurance practice, which is a cornerstone of the wider dispute resolution department, has an excellent reputation in financial lines matters; the team’s experience in this space includes areas such as cyber, D&O, professional indemnity and W&I. Beyond undertaking contentious work, the group assists clients with policy drafting and contracts with brokers, among other matters. The overall head of the insurance practice is Annemieke Hendrikse, who is well-known internationally for her expertise in D&O liability law and insurance law. Walter Hendriksen is also a well-respected name. Simone Hoogeveen and counsel Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg are noted for their extesive experience of professional liability litigation.

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Testimonials

‘This law firm offers practical solutions with a clear understanding of opportunities, possibilities and obstacles in director and officers liability and professional indemnity issues. The team is hands-on, practical and pragmatic.’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse is an outstandingly focused lawyer with a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of directors’ liability. She is a proactive and solutions-focused lawyer. In addition, Annemieke Hendrike is of great value for issues of how to deal with sanction-related issues and policy coverage.’

‘Top notch firm for legal advice and litigation on the field of insurance law, D&O and financial lines. The team combines academic expertise with a pragmatic and hands-on approach.’

‘Willeke van Spanje joined Van Doorne about 2 years ago and really is an asset to the team. She is very much to the point and speaks ‘our language’; she doesn’t waste time on things I already know. Willeke understands with just a few words what I need and delivers that on time – even on very short notice or unusual time.’

‘A professional, responsive team and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very knowledgeable, easy access, friendly and service-minded.’

‘The team of Ms Hendrikse was responsive at all times and provided good advice in short time frames.’

‘Pleasant cooperation and pragmatic. Regular contact with follow-ups.’

Key clients

AGCS

AIG

AON

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI Specialty

HDI Global

Nationale Nederlanden

Zurich

AGCS

AIG

AON

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI Specialty

HDI Global

Nationale Nederlanden

Zurich

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Van Doorne has a particular capability in real estate and development finance transactions, with 12 practitioners focusing on this area. Elsewhere, the firm’s workload covers leveraged finance/corporate lending, hospital financing, sub- and non-performing loan portfolio sales, asset-based lending and debt restructurings. Stefan van Rossum and Angelique Thiele jointly lead the practice, which is highly active in cross-border transactions, and generates a strong flow of work from Dutch, German, US and UK banks. It also has a strong profile among Dutch and international non-bank lenders, such as insurance companies and loan funds. Van Rossum and Anneloes van Uhm recently acted for VTB Bank as lender and arranger on the £3.7bn financing of Nova Resources’ acquisition of shares in Kaz Minerals Plc by way of a public offer.

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‘The banking practice combines experience, adaptability and practical relevance in an extraordinary way, which makes this team extremely valuable for our financing activities. Definitely one of the top teams in the Netherlands, with it being able to support the most complex financing structures.’

‘Stefan van Rossum and Anneloes van Uhm both have outstanding specialist know-how and offer pragmatic, solution-oriented legal advice. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘A highly responsive and technically competent team with a detailed knowledge of the complexities of the transaction. Always available, extremely pragmatic and very easy to deal with. Resourcing has been scaled up and down as the deal ebbs and flows so that there is always the right level of resource. Partner engagement is first rate.’

‘Stefan Van Rossum. Lead partner and extremely knowledgeable across a wide range of banking subjects. He is very responsive and easy to deal with. He is commercially astute and very pragmatic in dealing with things. He makes things happen and solves problems.’

‘It has been very refreshing working with Van Doorne – they are smaller than I typically work with but the fact they are lean is a strength. You get complete partner engagement, get to know the team very well and they are superb value for money.’

‘Angelique Thiele is one of the most thorough, hard working and client-friendly lawyers I have ever worked with. When Angelique acts for me, I can relax knowing that no stone will be left unturned and there will be no risks in the document that she has not brought to my attention.’

‘Despite its small size, the practice offers a quality of service and level of expertise on a par (and in some cases exceeding) much larger firms.’

‘Angelique Thiele – works extremely hard, great attention to detail, proactive. I felt very comfortable leaving her to drive forward work on getting the legal documents agreed.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Allianz

Atlantic Park Strategic Capital Fund

Barings/MassMutual

BentallGreenoak

Berlin Hyp

Canada Life

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypo

DRC Capital

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Kildare

HCOB

Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinanciering

NIBC Bank

Oaktree

PGIM Real Estate

Rabobank

RiverBank

Rothesay Life

Unicredit

Tristan Cap

VTB Bank

York Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen (Mogelijk) – a major Dutch P2P property lending platform – on the launch of its buy-to-let financing activities in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Rothesay Life on two conduits for the purchase of Dutch mortgage loan portfolios from Dutch banks/insurers.
  • Advised DRC Capital on a series of whole and mezzanine loan office to residential redevelopment financings.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 2

Offering ‘outstanding knowledge and experience in the real estate and construction sector’, Van Doorne’s multi-disciplinary team includes both civil-law notaries and tax lawyers. It acts for banking, government, investor, and real estate development clients on both non-contentious and contentious matters, including litigation and arbitration. Mark Moolhuizen and Annerie Ploumen co-head the practice; Moolhuizen focuses on international property transactions and project development, whilst Ploumen has considerable experience in inner-city development projects. Associate Jordie Bakker handles commercial and residential projects. Ingeborg Wind-Middel joined from TRIP Advocaten & Notarissen.

Testimonials

‘Mark Moolhuizen and his team did an outstanding job’.

‘They are highly knowledgeable, fully committed, flexible with a problem-solving attitude and were there for us 24/7’.

‘Without them we would not have been able to close the deal with such favourable conditions’. 

‘The Van Doorne team is very knowledgeable and at the same time very pragmatic and solution-oriented’.

‘They seek constructive dialogue with all parties involved and can quickly switch between multiple disciplines of law’.

‘Mark Moolhuizen is able to connect people and solutions at every level’.

‘Jordi Bakker has a no-nonsense and practical approach to transactions’.

‘We really appreciated the team’s capability to cover a holistic range of services that safely and successfully guided us through the transaction process’.

Key clients

Aberdeen

Albert Schweitzer Hospital

Amphia Hospital

Amstelring

Care Property Invest

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Cordaan

De Nijs Construction

Eneco

Frasers Property Industrial

Heembouw

Hornbach

LIFE

Niersman Construction Company

Oiltanking Amsterdam

Orpea

PRA Health Sciences

Radboud University Hospital

Retail Estates

Tergooi Hospital

Triginta

Vahstal Construction Company

Xior Student Housing

Zalmhaven CV

Work highlights

  • Advised Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis on the sale and (partial) lease back of four office / hospital buildings (410,000 sq ft).
  • Advising LIFE NV on the development and sale of the ‘Stationspostgebouw’ building in The Hague.
  • Acting for Zalmhaven CV in respect of the development and realisation of the Zalmhaven Tower in Rotterdam.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

The arbitration practice at Van Doorne is ‘fully international in work and knowledge, and also culturally sensitive’. The team is headed by Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst; Schellaars is recommended for post-M&A disputes, joint venture and finance issues, and has previously acted for and against states; while van Zelst has considerable experience in investment arbitration.

Testimonials

‘They are true lawyers and very flexible and adaptive’.

‘The individuals stand out for being approachable and available 24/7 by phone or in person’.

‘The Van Doorne arbitration team is very skilled on content and in communication’.

‘The interplay between Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst is especially good, they can finish each other’s sentences’.

‘Van Doorne’s arbitration practice has a strong focus on both national and international arbitration’.

‘Next to its role in the various arbitration matters pending in the Netherlands, the team fulfils an important role in the arbitration community in the Netherlands’.

‘Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst both have a strong focus on arbitration and each of them fulfils a complementary role in the matters and projects they handle’.

‘Van Doorne is results-oriented, practical and has a strong understanding of the position of the client’.

Key clients

Signify

GeoSolutions B.V.

Czech Republic

Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat

Strukton Group

Royal Agrifirm Group

Heerema Marine Contractors

Hidromas

Exem Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing GeoSolutions B.V. operating through Dutch companies and Chinese / Hong Kong based partners, in a major (multi-billion) technology joint venture dispute concerning the Chinese version of Facebook (Weibo) and geolocation software connected thereto.
  • Representing Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat in set aside and enforcement actions in the Netherlands courts, opposite De Brauw who act for Egypt.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Van Doorne’s team ‘consists of strong litigators and negotiators, who always provide the best solutions and results’. The firm has recently grown its practice in the arbitration, white-collar crime and IP and IT spheres, complementing its already strong insurance litigation practice. Head of team Jasper Leedekerken focuses on commercial and corporate litigation and acts for domestic and international clients, including acting as local counsel for top international law firms. Sjoerd Kamerbeek is recommended for M&A-related disputes and often acts before the Enterprise Chamber.

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Testimonials

‘Very good, hands-on advice and a pleasure to work with’.

‘Strong combination of commercial litigation and arbitration’.

‘Sjoerd Kamerbeek has a great drive and is very pragmatic and creative to find solutions for complex litigation situations; at the same time he has a very sound strategical view’.

‘Solid, great communication, and fun to work with’.

‘The individuals are down to earth and always reiterate the legal situation without unnecessary legalese’.

‘I worked closely with Sjoerd Kamerbeek on a major international dispute – he is perceptive, commercially astute, strong technically and very diligent’.

‘Lisette Bieleveld is a very competent lawyer and communicator as well as a strong personality’.

‘Jasper Leederkerken and Sjoerd Kamerbeek are full of energy; both are quick thinkers and a pleasure to work with’.

Key clients

State Lottery

Elliott Management

Signify

Funda

Interglobe Enterprises

York Capital

Liberty GTS

CEVA Logistics

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

KPMG

Innsworth Advisors Limited

SunOpta Inc.

Centerbridge

Olympia

Transact M&A

AIG

Dutch City Development

Hoogwegt International

Investec

Riskpoint

Faerch

Aurelius

Stella Fietsen

Tony’s Chocolonely

Work highlights

  • Advised Elliott Management on its activist campaign against the public bid on Altice.
  • Advised the Dutch State Lottery in a wide range of class action claims before the lower, high court and the Supreme Court following misleading advertisements.
  • Advised KPMG in liability, complaint and arbitration proceedings following the largest Dutch bankruptcy of a listed company, Imtech.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Van Doorne is ‘flexible and quick in responses’ and offers clients ‘in-depth knowledge of relevant legal issues’. It has a particular focus on medical devices, pharmaceutical law and data protection, and caters to the corporate, regulatory and litigation needs of clients. Willemien Bischot acts for large healthcare providers on governance, mergers and joint ventures, and funding and financing matters. Dimitri van Hoewijk is recommended for corporate M&A, and counsel Cees Jan de Boer, who is a qualified medical doctor, handles market regulation and competition matters. Meltem Koning-Gungormez joined from Kennedy Van der Laan.

Testimonials

‘They really work together as team, bringing in knowledge or other disciplines if needed’.

‘Pleasant to work with, with a down-to-earth approach’.

‘The partner we deal the most with (Willemien Bischot) is not only a great expert but is also a person with authority who can make the difference in a meeting’.

‘The healthcare team is closely connected and aware of sensitivities’.

‘Willemien Bischot is a trustworthy specialist’.

‘Practical, analytical, people-oriented, with a good overview of the health care system and its key players’.

‘It is a no-nonsense firm with a pragmatic attitude’.

‘Capability to understand the issue and the complex commercial issues involved, to listen carefully and to react with useful advice’.

Key clients

Academisch Medisch Centrum

Amsta

Blue Horizon Ventures I SCSp RAIF

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

GGZ InGeest

Ksyos

Mediq

Medux

MKA Groep

NKI – AVL

NPM Capital

ORPEA S.A.

‘s Heeren Loo

Result Laboratory

VU Medisch Centrum

Work highlights

  • Advising longstanding client Mediq, a leading Dutch medical devices and (medical specialist) homecare company, on the proposed acquisition of Eurocept from its founder and co-shareholder Gimv.
  • Advised leading Dutch private equity investor NPM Capital on the auction sale process of Mentaal Beter, a mental care portfolio company.
  • Advised leading international elderly homecare provider ORPEA S.A. on its acquisition of ‘t Zicht, an elderly care provider in the Netherlands – a transaction was effected by ORPEA’s Dutch entity operating under the “Woonzorgnet” brand.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Van Doorne’s expertise covers the key areas of television and film, gaming, music, publishing, leisure, sports, theatre and museums. Its work covers a broad scope of contentious, advisory and transactional matters. The firm is best known for media transactions, projects and ventures that require multidisciplinary strength across IP, IT, corporate, employment and tax. Kriek Wille, who is an ‘all-around terrific litigator’, ‘sees the big picture, her work product – and that of her team – is always excellent, and she’s practical at the same time’. She co-heads the practice with corporate and M&A specialist Jeroen Sombezki.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Kriek Wille’s active listening skills make her quickly and very well understand what a client wants. This is in combination with her sharp analytical skills and practical approach, make her a savy lawyer.’

‘Very proactive and so useful with our privacy work and social media clients, a great firm.’

‘The IP practice has developed an innovative tool addressing the issue of how to unlock IP value in any business enterprise, and how to identify risks of (amongst others) infringements. They continue to build on their expertise.’

‘Kriek Wille is an outstanding professional and a pleasure to work with. Her litigation background enables her to advise in a sharp and consistent manner with a clear view on the desired outcome.’

‘I know Kriek Wille as a very experienced and hands-on lawyer. She is able to take a case in the right direction from the start. She can be relied on.’

‘Kriek Wille is a fantastic litigator. Smart, strategic, and practical. She always comes to the table fully prepared, and with a sophisticated legal team. I highly recommend her for all types of litigation in Holland, especially intellectual property claims and complex contractional disputes.’

‘Kriek Wille is an all-around terrific litigator. She sees the big picture, her work product – and that of her team – is always excellent, and she’s practical at the same time.’

‘Kriek Wille is a rockstar! She is not only a great lawyer but also a great human being.’

Key clients

Bertram Group Limited

Bundle

Durabo B.V.

Erdee Media Group

Influencer Marketing Agency

Keesing Media Group

LG Electronics

Medialane Theater B.V.

Medialane TV B.V.

MediaMonks

MOAM Foundation

Morenso International

Nederlandse Loterij

NENT Studios

Platform Media Adviesbureaus

Stardust Holding B.V.

Stichting Cliniclowns

Tele2 Works Council

Telegraaf Media Group

TGH B.V.

The Player Management

TransIP

Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

Unitel International Holding

Vidcon (online videoconferencing)

Vous Hotels & Retreats

Dasso Group

Foodimus

The Green Happiness

Tony’s Chocolonely

Work highlights

  • Advised Tony’s Chocolonely on all media and advertising aspects (including risks of IP infringement) and coordinated legal counsel internationally. The campaign attracted extensive media attention in the Netherlands and beyond.
  • Represented the management of Keesing Media Group on the buyout by BC Partners, the leading international investment firm.
  • Represented EMM (and, in wider context ESPN/Walt Disney as major shareholder) who is responsible for the exploitation of collective media and sponsor rights of a.o. the Dutch soccer league and the Dutch KNVB-cup in various matters (both advice and litigation) of which the contents cannot be disclosed.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Known for project finance work related to real estate projects, Van Doorne’s experience also covers project development, construction, commercial and residential property transactions, as well as lease, tax, finance and refinance issues. The firm has a track record in transactional, advisory and disputes work in the area, as well as matters arising from zoning and environmental law. Another core strength for the practice is PPP and PFI deals. Angelique Thiele specialises in the field of real estate and development financing, and co-leads the team with Roel Botter, who focuses on public sector financings, particularly in the healthcare and education sectors.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

MassMutual / Barings

BentallGreenOak

DRC Capital

Rothesay

Patrizia

Berlin Hyp AG

Deutsche Hypothekenbank AG

HCOB

OVG

PGIM

Rax

Garbe

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel to BentallGreenOak on a series of financings of Dutch turnkey development investments by Mirastar/KKR.
  • Acted for ‘s Heeren Loo, one of the largest mental healthcare institutions in the Netherlands, on its €200m financing from the European Investment Bank.
  • Advised BentallGreenOak in connection with its financing to a joint-venture between AM and Equity Estate of a prime Amsterdam South-Axis office and mixed use property held in joint ownership with the municipality of Amsterdam.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

Van Doorne’s real estate offering handles transactions and financing, tax and notarial matters for both domestic and international clients. It often acts for institutional investors and private equity houses on the full range of investment issues, including turnkey building contracting, forward purchase and forward funding matters. The team is headed up by civil-law notary Ariën van Heesen  and Annerie Ploumen ; van Heesen handles cross-border transactions and financing matters, while Ploumen has 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate and is recommended for large development and transformation projects. In June 2021, Ingeborg Wind-Middel joined from Trip Advocaten & Notarissen.

Testimonials

‘We worked with Van Doorne on a diverse range of files over the years. Some files were straight forward, others requested more in-depth analysis and creativity’.

‘Experienced team, with a commercial approach’.

‘Van Doorne is an experienced sparring partner and their English communication is outstanding, verbally as well as in writing’.

‘Van Doorne is one of the leading legal firms in the Netherlands’.

‘Annerie Ploumen is always in charge of the files and friendly but strict in negotiations with counterparts’.

‘The Van Doorne team are great team players, as if they’re part of our company’.

‘Very punctual and intensely involved in the business and the success of our goals’. 

‘Ariën van Heesen ticks the box of being greatly involved and bringing deals to a successful conclusion’.

Key clients

Deen Holding Hoorn

Sectie 5

Cromwell

Edmond de Rothschild

BentallGreenOak

M7 Real Estate

Clarion Partners

Tristan Capital

BentallGreenOak

BerlinHyp

TPG Real Estate

Patrizia AG

‘s Heeren Loo

Alliade

Zalmhaven C.V. (AM and Amvest)

Aberdeen Standard Life

Hornbach AG

Hyde Park

Valerius (De Jong Groep)

AM

Stebru / Altera

Annexum

M.J. de Nijs

Dutch City Development

Prowinko

Blue Bell

Work highlights

  • Advising Hyde Park in relation to the redevelopment project Hyde Park in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, consisting of approximately 4,000 residences.
  • Advised BentallGreenOak in connection with its financing to Goldman Sachs of the 24,000sqm development of The Joan, a prime office property in Amsterdam’s Zuidas region.
  • Advising TPG Real Estate, LLP as lead counsel on the acquisition by TPG of the worldwide headquarters of Heerema Marine Contractors from 90 North by means of a share transaction of a real estate company, which owns the office building and leases it to Heerema Marine Contractors.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Complementing its work for lenders, Van Doorne generates work from borrower-side clients such as private equity houses, real estate funds and Dutch/international investors, as well as public sector entities. One of the names to note at the firm is Stefan van Rossum, whose expertise includes leveraged finance, project finance and asset-based lending. He co-heads the practice with Angelique Thiele, who specialises in real estate and development finance. In a recent highlight, Thiele led the advice to prime German real estate fund Patriza on facilities obtained from ING and other lenders for the purpose of refinancing its existing residential portfolio and an office conversion. Leveraged finance expert Roel Botter is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional and pragmatic advice. Solution-driven, commercial, transparent and reasonable billing.’

Key clients

Aluminium Delfzijl

Annexum

BentallGreenoak (Equity)

CEVA Logistics

Cromwell Property Group

EdR REIM

FRS Windcat

Garbe

`s Heeren Loo

LUKOIL

McArthurGlen

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinanciering

Multilease

Norgine

Ocuco Limited

Patrizia

Quadoro

Radboud UMC

Repsol

Snippe Beheer; Hyde Park Hoofddorp

Stern Groep N.V.

Tergooi

Teva Pharmaceuticals

TransIP / team.blue

Tristan

VU Medical Centre

Yandex

Work highlights

  • Advised ‘s Heeren Loo on its €200m financing from the European Investment Bank for its 2020-2024 investment program and the implementation thereof with other financings of ‘s Heeren Loo, the first EIB healthcare financing in the Netherlands outside the hospital sector.
  • Advised MultiLease on the securitisation of its car lease portfolio by means of a securitisation that meets the STS requirements.
  • Advised Annexum Beheer with respect to the €140m financing of its acquisition of the Jumbo supermarket property portfolio with ABN Amro Bank as arranger, underwriter and original lender.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Van Doorne‘s multidisciplinary financial regulatory team works closely with the dedicated fintech group to handle legal and regulatory issues facing entities operating in the paytech, insurtech and pensiontech spheres. In addition, on the financial institutions side, the group is noted for its expertise in alternative finance and securities, where it advises banks and other financial institutions on market access, ongoing regulatory obligations and enforcement. The firm also leverages the expertise of its fraud and white-collar crime team to advise its clients on anti-money laundering, market abuse and sanctions, and it also provides representation in investigations. Elsewhere, pensions and insurance-related matters are other core areas of focus. Vanessa Liem, Jan Leliveld, Roel Botter and Friso Foppes co-head the practice.

Testimonials

‘Up-to-date knowledge base and practical, hands-on attitude.’

Key clients

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

BillFront

Yolt/YTS

Private Client Resources (PCR)

Oneplanetcrowd

Troy Debt Collection

Work highlights

  • The firm has advised Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen on all legal aspects of its peer-to-peer funding business since its inception. Furthermore, it advises the client on an ongoing basis in relation to its buy-to-let financing activities in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted fintech company Yolt with becoming an independent ING venture, with its own corporate structure and its own regulatory licences.
  • Assisted InAdmin with various contracts to support its business, including outsourcing the development of its pension administration system and infrastructure support to CGI.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Van Doorne’s ‘brilliant’ team covers M&A, public to private and joint venture transactions, placing clear emphasis on the upper mid-market. Practice head Jeroen Sombezki has a track record in TMT-related deals and is supported by Onno Boerstra whose expertise lies in cross-border M&A and buy-out transactions. Other industries of activity include energy, fintech, financial services, healthcare and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent delivery, out of the box thinking, very practical approach, strong network, good negotiator.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki is an excellent and highly skilled M&A lawyer in the Dutch market.’

‘Brilliant team, hard working. Great to work with everyone.’

‘Humility – ability to listen and understand the needs – and fun to work with.’

‘The M&A team is very responsive and there is consistent partner availability which is very material in a fast deal schedule where we need to complete projects in a few days. We are a very demanding client in terms of timing and completing tasks in a great pace. The entire team is always ready to accommodate our urgent requests. Partners provide to the point advice and are very business minded and cooperative.’

‘Meltem Koning-Gungormez – constant availability and accessibility. She is directly involved in the projects alongside us in drafting, negotiations and internal discussions. She is ready to assist us and discuss all legal matters at any time of the day during our financing rounds which are always subject to very tight schedules.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki – very good, comes up with innovative solutions.’

‘Steffen Alleman is the best M&A lawyer I have worked with in over 20 years. Recently promoted to partner and miles ahead of his peers. With his unique set of skills, a combination of understanding people and business acumen, Steffen gets deals done and delivers the best result for his clients.’

Key clients

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Assa Abloy

Atomico

Aurelius Invest

Beringea Capital

Blue Horizon Ventures

BOM Brabant Ventures

Charles River Laboratories

Deen

EasyPark

Expereo International

Fidelio Capital

Fortum Oyj

Getir

Invest-NL

Mediamonks

Mediq

Morningstar, Inc.

Olympia Group

Orpea S.A.

Section32

Signicat A.S.

Singular Capital Partners S.A.S.

Stern Group

SunOpta, Inc.

Target Global

VivoPower International Plc

Xior Student Housing N.V.

Yandex N.V.

Yard Energy Investments

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Assa Abloy

Atomico

Aurelius Invest

Beringea Capital

Blue Horizon Ventures

BOM Brabant Ventures

Charles River Laboratories

Deen

EasyPark

Expereo International

Fidelio Capital

Fortum Oyj

Getir

Invest-NL

Mediamonks

Mediq

Morningstar, Inc.

Olympia Group

Orpea S.A.

Section32

Signicat A.S.

Singular Capital Partners S.A.S.

Stern Group

SunOpta, Inc.

Target Global

VivoPower International Plc

Xior Student Housing N.V.

Yandex N.V.

Yard Energy Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising supermarket group Deen on the proposed sale of all 80 of its supermarket store branches to Ahold Delhaize.
  • Advising Fortum on the €800m sale of its Baltics district heating business to Partners Group and the €250m sale of a majority stake in its Nordic wind portfolio to Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Van Doorne’s multi-disciplinary employment and pensions team is well regarded for cross-border reorganisations, restructuring and M&A matters. The practice also has strength in pensions work, as well as contentious matters. Els de Wind and Marjolijn Lips head the group, with de Wind bringing 35 years of experience in litigation, works council and governance matters. Steven Sterk, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, has considerable experience in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Senior associate Cara Pronk advises on European and international employment law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Their extensive knowledge of the Dutch legal framework and hands-on experience with relevant legal proceedings ensures that they not only look at the legal facts but also at the people involved on both sides’.

‘Steven Sterk quickly understands not only the legal framework that covers the specific issue but also the emotions involved on all sides’.

‘They deliver quickly, without compromising the quality of the service’.

‘Steven Sterk is very involved, accessible, knowledgeable and always comes up with creative practical solutions’.

‘Marjolijn Lips provides brilliant advice that can be applied readily in the real world’.

‘Els de Wind has a reputation that she gained on the field and is for sure a leading practitioner of labour law not only in Europe but globally’.

‘I have been always satisfied with their responsiveness, pragmatism and capabilities’.

‘Marjolijn Lips is technically outstanding, she perfectly understands the problem and rapidly finds a solution’.

Key clients

Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

DAMCO Aluminium Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A.

Yolt (an ING Bank N.V. venture)

Arcadis N.V.

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A.S.

Easy Park AB

Hypotheek Visie

Mediq

Yandex.Taxi

KPMG N.V.

Infor

JCDecaux

Stella Fietsen Holding B.V.

Getir

Balenciaga

Intel

Kering

Tradition (Compagnie Financière Tradition S.A.)

Stichting Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Hawthorne Gardening Company

SABIC Pension Fund (Stichting Pensioenfonds SABIC)

Pension fund for the Dutch Postal Service (Stichting Pensioenfonds PostNL)

TNT Express Pension Fund (Stichting Pensioenfonds TNT Express)

Pension Fund for the Notarial Sector (Stichting Pensioenfonds Notariaat)

Hewlett-Packard Pension Fund (Stichting Pensioenfonds Hewlett-Packard Nederland)

Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank N.V.)

PME pension fund for the metal and engineering sector (Stichting Pensioenfonds van de Metalektro)

ING Pension Fund (Stichting Pensioenfonds ING)

Pension fund for the notarial sector (Stichting Pensioenfonds Notariaat)

SNS REAAL Pensioenfonds (Stichting Pensioenfonds SNS REAAL)

Work highlights

  • Advising DEEN on an agreement with Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt, relating to the proposed sale of all 80 store branches of DEEN Supermarkten to these three parties.
  • Advising on the reshaping and restructuring of different sets of Mediq employment terms and conditions for various categories of employees.
  • Acting as one of the few preferred litigators of the Dutch Central Bank in pensions matters.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 3

Van Doorne offers ‘a very energetic and pro-active team with great communication skills’. The practice was bolstered back in October 2020 by the arrival of Léone Klapwijk from Loyens & Loeff; she now co-leads the team alongside corporate and transactional specialist Hugo Reumkens and the disputes-focused Rogier Schellaars. Acting for network operators, supply and production companies, and public authorities, the practice provides regulatory expertise primarily in relation to mining, natural resources, renewables and energy supply.

Testimonials

‘Hands-on, accurate and fast with their reactions.

Léone Klapwijk is a highly energetic lawyer with great communication skills.

Léone Klapwijk is on top of the regulatory developments and thinks along with the client’s needs.

Van Doorne is one of the few firms in the Netherlands with a dedicated team for the energy sector.

The team is made up of specialists from different disciplines, with in-depth knowledge and experience of the industry.

At Van Doorne you simply know that you will receive high-quality work and value for your money.

Van Doorne invests a lot in transferring knowledge to its clients.

I appreciate Léone Klapwijk’s in-depth knowledge and experience of the energy industry.

Key clients

Stedin Holding

Warmtebedrijf Holding

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland

Energie Coöperatie KetelhuisWG

Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis

Work highlights

  • Advised the supervisory board of Stedin Group on governance matters in support of discussions with the shareholders’ committee regarding an equity contribution of €200m and associated changes to Stedin’s governance in order to strengthen the equity capital of the network company in the face of required investments in the energy transition.
  • Advised Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis on the sale and (partial) lease back of four office/hospital buildings (410,000 sq. ft), including drafting and negotiating a technical unbundling agreement to address the requirement to separate the technical interconnection between the four buildings being sold and the hospital buildings.
  • Advising Energie Coöperatie KetelhuisWG, a cooperative association in Amsterdam, in relation to the energy transition from the heating of homes by natural gas to sustainable heat sources.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 3

Van Doorne handles a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters in the energy sector and is particularly experienced in corporate M&A, contracts, tax, litigation and arbitration. Léone Klapwijk joined from Loyens & Loeff in October 2020 and now heads the team alongside Hugo Reumkens and Rogier Schellaars. Reumkens is recommended for corporate work and is well versed in international deals, while Schellaars is a name to note for disputes.

Testimonials

The practice is based in the Netherlands but fully international in work and knowledge and is also culturally sensitive.

Key capabilities include the seamless integration of Dutch law in English pleadings and concepts.

They are true lawyers and very flexible and adaptive.

The individuals stand out for being approachable and available 24/7 by phone or in person.

They fight beyond limits and are true lawyers – not mere advisors.

The team was well balanced, drawing expertise from different legal fields and industry knowledge.

The team acts with one voice in its communication with the client.

‘Hugo Reumkens is an authority in his field of corporate governance expertise’.

Key clients

Stedin Holding

Arowana International UK Limited & VivoPower International

Fortum Holding

Exem Energy

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland

Warmtebedrijf Holding

Sunrock Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised the supervisory board of energy grid construction, maintenance and mangement company, Stedin Group, on governance matters in support of discussions with the shareholders’ committee regarding an equity contribution of €200m and associated changes to Stedin’s governance.
  • Advised Fortum on the contemplated sale of its district heating business in the Baltics to Partners Group.
  • Advised BOM, Yard Energy and Doen Participaties on their investment in Rural Spark.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

Van Doorne‘s wide-ranging workload covers merger control cases, behavioural investigations, state aid matters and EU law advice, among other areas. The firm has a particularly notable reputation in the healthcare sector; the key contact in this space is counsel Cees Jan de Boer, who assists clients with matters such as merger notifications, strategic alliances and procurement. Elsewhere, the firm attracts competition law work from clients operating in various other industries, including financial services, mobility services, consumer goods and retail. The arrival of Léone Klapwijk from Loyens & Loeff in November 2020 strengthened the firm’s presence in the energy sector. Other key practitioners at the firm include Sarah Beeston and associate Pim Jansen, who have an interest in the interplay between competition law and sustainability initiatives. Public procurement expert Gijs Verberne is also recommended. Recent highlights included Beeston, and associates Nina Korstenbroek and Maurits Terlouw, acting for EasyPark on the competition aspects of its acquisition of ParkNOW from BMW and Daimler.

Testimonials

‘Van Doorne N.V. may commend itself for its high-quality opinions that demonstrate a very thorough knowledge of competition law and related branches of law. They put the client’s needs first and try to propose creative solutions that meet the client’s demands.’

‘Sarah Beeston excels because of her many years of experience regarding damages in competition cases. This enables her to give very efficient and thorough advice on this complex matter. And all that with a sincere smile. Nina Korstenbroek is very hands-on and pleasant to work with.’

‘The EU and Competition team is always on call, never fails to deliver legal support of the highest value. International, female-led, very good collaboration with in-house lawyers and business.’

‘Sarah Beeston is one of the best EU and competition lawyers in Europe. She is always thoroughly professional, quick and client-oriented. She understands the business and does not try to be too ‘lawyerly’ when an effective way forward lies in a balanced sales-oriented approach. And she is wonderful in conversation, always listens and has a good sense of humor.’

‘We are happy to have been working with van Doorne for several years now. They know our business and the market well. They also know how we work. The lines of communication are short. We can pick up the phone to brainstorm about issues. We have worked with other firms in the past but choose Van Doorne.’

‘Our primary point of contact is Sarah Beeston. She is very approachable and practical. Her advice is always spot on. We also have good contact with Maurits Terlouw. When Sarah and Maurits give training to our sales personnel they are clear, practical and fun. Teamwork is clearly key to the relations within Van Doorne and between Van Doorne and us.’

‘The van Doorne team is great to work with! They are slightly smaller than the heavy hitters but this makes it particularly easy to establish a close working relationship.’

Key clients

AbbVie

ABP Food Group

Achmea

CPTF Optronics (Chunghwa)

EasyPark

Fortum

Hornbach

Mediq

Mercury (Lloyd’s of London)

Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU)

NPM Capital

Oiltanking

Work highlights

  • Acted for AbbVie in an abuse of dominance investigation by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets into alleged exclusivity rebates for its medicine, Humira.
  • Acted for EasyPark on its acquisition of leading digital parking services provider ParkNow and the necessary Dutch, German and Austrian merger control notifications.
  • Assisted Mercury and its parent Lloyd’s of London with negotiations with the Dutch Ministry of Finance on the structuring and extension of a €12 billion aid package for the credit insurance sector in the Netherlands in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The Van Doorne team is ‘always on the ball and keeps you up to date with the right level of detail’. It is well known in the market for financial restructuring and distressed debt transactions, litigation and tax advice. Practice head Stefan van Rossum has notable experience in financial restructurings on the lender side and acts for Dutch banks and distressed investors. Senior associate Jelmer Baukema focuses on insolvency, bankruptcy and debt restructuring transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Van Doorne’s restructuring practice is first class in the Dutch market’.

‘Highly innovative, very skilled, professional and practical lawyers who succeed in restructuring the most complex cases’.

‘Stefan van Rossum is an excellent restructuring partner with very good knowledge of the restructuring market’.

‘Stefan van Rossum is highly creative and innovative, easily reachable and fully involved from A to Z in your case’.

‘Van Doorne’s restructuring and insolvency practice is strong, mostly because of its exceptional partner Stefan van Rossum’.

‘Stefan van Rossum has extensive and detailed knowledge’.

‘With Stefan van Rossum as your counsel, you know you have the best legal adviser you can potentially have in these situations’.

‘Very responsive and commercially savvy’.

Key clients

Aluminium Delfzijl (Aldel)

Byldis

Centerbridge

Davidson Kempner

Green Swan

IHC IQIP

Innsworth Advisors Limited

King Street

NIBC Bank

Nordic Trustee

Rabobank

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

York Capital

Valtech

Work highlights

  • Advised Byldis (a major construction company) on its financial restructuring involving negotiations with ABN AMRO and ING and its shareholder (private equity fund Opportunity Partners).
  • Advised York Capital and Alumunium Delfzijl on its debt restructuring.
  • Advised Innsworth Advisors Ltd. on legal proceedings against Steinhoff Holdings N.V. to recoup the losses suffered by investors in Steinhoff shares.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

Van Doorne‘s tax work is closely aligned with the firm’s strengths in transactions; a number of dedicated practitioners are embedded in the M&A, finance and real estate practices. In addition, the firm undertakes tax advisory work on a standalone basis and also provides representation in litigation. Rob de Win (a member of the real estate transactions team) heads up the practice, which is particularly highlighted for its strengths in matters with a nexus to the healthcare and education sectors; a recent highlight saw Sjoerd Stokmans act as tax counsel to NPM on the international auction sale of its portfolio group Mentaal Beter to Apax Partners. Elsewhere, other recent mandates spanned areas such as the sport, retail, automotive and energy sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I find the team at Van Doorne always provides an extensive amount of detail and doesn’t just look at the surface of the issue.’

‘Will always try to help at short notice, and will explain why not when this isn’t feasible.’

‘Personal approach, 24×7 availability, in-depth knowledge, quick turnaround.’

‘Rob De Win: Pragmatic, in search of solutions – proactive follow-up of outstanding issues.’

‘The team is very hands-on and pragmatic.’

‘Rob de Win (partner): Rob is very accessible and knows how to get things done in a pleasant way.’

‘The team is multidisciplinary and the partners are very much involved throughout the whole process, not only at the end. They know the case files very well and in depth and are also very pragmatic. They are flexible and available when needed.’

Key clients

FIFA Clearing House Stichting

Deen

Nissens A/S

Sunrock Investments

NPM Capital

Care Property Invest NV

WDP NV

Cofinimmo NNV/SA – Superstone NV

Retail Estates NV

Round Apple Hotel Partners

Yandex

Xior

HEMA

Roompot

Patrizia

Corre Energy

Westcore Europe

SunOpta

Westmont Hospitality Group

Crossroads Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising DEEN on an agreement with Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt, relating to the proposed sale of all 80 store branches of DEEN Supermarkten to these three parties.
  • Advised Xior on the setting up of the (tax) structure and launch of ‘XL Fund’: a collaboration between real estate developer LIFE and Xior (with a 90% Xior – 10% LIFE distribution).
  • Acted as lead counsel to the FIFA Clearing House in relation to the incorporation of the FIFA Clearing House in the Netherlands, and the design and development of its governance and internal procedures.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

Fielding a team that ‘works very effectively’ and ‘gives very open and honest advice about what is in the best interest of the client’, Van Doorne’s IP and media practice handles the full range of IP work for a high-profile international and domestic client roster. The group works closely with its IT colleagues and can provide multi-disciplinary teams in areas such as FinTech and Healthtech. The ‘outstandingKriek Wille heads up the group and has notable expertise in design protection work and transactions involving IP portfolios. Bas Pinckaers leads the patent and trade secrets team; Dominique Geerts also has expertise in media law, and Chris In ‘t Veld focuses on IP contracts and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team works very effectively. They are responsive. They are not afraid to issue doubt about a matter and give very open and honest advice about what is in the best interest of the client. The legal work is excellent.’

‘Kriek Wille is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Up-to-date expertise, client-related practical advice, good service.’

‘Van Doorne has legal experts who give practical and thoughtful advice. They are quick and easily approachable.’

‘Great team which is able to scale up and down to meet the demands of the various stages of the proceedings, without compromising the integrity of the case.’

‘Kriek Willie – Great strategist, able to turn a defensive position into an offensive one.’

‘Chris In ‘t Veld – Extremely competent, always on top of all details and a great asset to his team.’

‘Bas Pinckaers – Very thorough and takes the time to find an angle which works for his clients.’

Key clients

Air Supplies Holland B.V.

Arovo N.V.

Biolitic Unternehmensbeteiligungs II AG

C-Tech B.V.

Coolergiant Computers Handels GmbH

Dasso Group

Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (D.O.R.C.)

Erdee Media Group B.V.

Foodimus BV

Inshared (Achmea Schadeverzekeringen NV)

MacGregor Cargotec Group

Morenso International BV

Rataplan BV

Stichting Cliniclowns

The Green Happiness (TGH B.V.)

The Walt Disney Company

Tony’s Chocolonely BV

Welson B.V.

Wibra Supermarkt B.V.

Z Bridge B.V.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Air Supplies Holland BV in various trade mark, design and unfair competition disputes.
  • Representing MacGregor Cargotec in complex proceedings involving multiple parties relating to alleged copyright and trade secret infringement regarding the design of a 90m gateway.
  • Supported Tony’s Chocolonely with preparing and executing an advertisement campaign mentioning and using names and products of competitive chocolate manufacturers.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 4

At Van Doorne, the ‘excellent’ private equity team has specialist knowledge of the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, TMT, real estate, construction and retail sectors among others; the bulk of its activities are within the €50 to €250m range. The team is led by Jeroen Sombezki, who has ‘extensive knowledge‘ of MBO, MBI, M&A and public takeover transactions, in addition to corporate governance and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, deep knowledge of the Dutch Private Equity market and swift execution of complex transactions.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki is well connected in the Dutch private equity world and well known for his extensive knowledge of the specific PE related deal components. First class delivery by Jeroen and his team.’

‘Super nice team, very capable and hard working.’

‘Nice and positive people.’

‘Very complementary team of 3 working on our case. Very efficient process and great advice for a pragmatic and constructive approach.’

‘Meltem Koning-Gungormez has been heading the team working on the case. Great management of her teams and appreciated involvement in the discussions. Enjoyed the mix of high level vision of where to take the discussions and ability to deep dive on specific issues and resolve them.’

‘They remain one of the leading teams in the field, and have always impressed with their knowledge, practical attitude and ability to get the deal done. They can move extremely quickly when required, and still maintain the highest standard while doing so. They not only make sure the details are taken care of, but do so without jeopardizing the flow of the deal and the contact with the other parties.’

Key clients

Atomico

Aurelius Invest

Blue Horizon Ventures

EasyPark

Getir

Mediamonks

Mediq

Morningstar, Inc.

Olympia Group

Invest-NL

Fidelio Capital

Beringea Capital

Target Global

Singular Capital Partners S.A.S.

Section32

BOM Brabant Ventures

Expereo International

Yard Energy Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising EasyPark (active in 20 countries), a Vitruvian and Verdane portfolio company, on its cross-border acquisition of ParkNow Group (active in 11 countries) from BMW and Daimler.
  • Advising Getir on its $550m Series D fundraising at a $7.5bn valuation backed by large private equity and technology investment funds included Silver Lake Capital, DisruptAD, Mubadala, Winter Capital Partners, and existing investors Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital.
  • Advised bung Holding B.V. on the €193m Series A investment in the capital of bunq bank by Pollen Street Capital.

Netherlands > Investment funds

The firm: Van Doorne is a multi-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With approximately 200 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for more than 90 years in a broad range oflegal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne is part of an extensive worldwide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to provide clients with advice and assistance swiftly across the globe, without being bound to any firm. Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions. This is reflected throughout the firm. From the way in which lawyers work together to the ngo’s and non profit organisations that are supported by the firm. Van Doorne ‘reaches further and stays close’. That is, first and foremost, the firm’s promise to its clients but also to its partners, associates and young talent.

International work: The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, semi-public government institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work carried out by the banking and corporate teams (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. For that purpose, over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions. Van Doorne strongly believes in the advantage to be able to instruct, and receive instructions from, top firms in other jurisdictions for international transactions.

Clients: Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for many years, and that is something to be very proud of.

For more information: www.vandoorne.com

Managing partner: Saskia Laseur
Management team: Saskia Laseur together with
Jasper Leedekerken, Rob de Win and Jeanine Helthuis
Number of partners worldwide: 45
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 200
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Arbitration Bas van Zelst
Arbitration Rogier Schellaars
Commercial Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Onno Boerstra
Corporate Law Onno Boerstra
Corporate Law Hugo Reumkens
Corporate Law Jeroen Sombezki
Criminal Defence & Investigations Jan Leliveld
Criminal Defence & Investigations Ed van Liere
Criminal Defence & Investigations Neyah van der Aa
Criminal Defence & Investigations Vanessa Liem
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Employment & Benefits Els de Wind
Employment & Benefits Marjolijn Lips
Energy, Industry & Renewables Léone Klapwijk
European & Competition Law Sarah Beeston
European & Competition Law Gijs Verberne
Finance & Restructuring Roel Botter
Finance & Restructuring Stefan van Rossum
Funds & Investment Management Daan Horsthuis
Funds & Investment Management Harm-Paul Plas
Government & Education Saskia Laseur
Healthcare & Life Sciences Dimitri van Hoewijk
Healthcare & Life Sciences Willemien Bischot
Information & Communication Technology Bart van Reeken
Insurance Law Annemieke Hendrikse
Insurance Law Walter Hendriksen
Intellectual Property & Media Kriek Wille
Privacy and Data Dr Elisabeth Thole
Public Procurement Gijs Verberne
Real Estate Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate Transactions Angelique Thiele
Real Estate Transactions Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate and Construction Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate and Construction Mark Moolhuizen
Tax Rob de Win
Technology, Media & Telecom Jeroen Sombezki
Technology, Media & Telecom Kriek Wille
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Steffen Alleman  photo Steffen Alleman   Steffen is partner in Van Doorne’s Corporate / M&A team and…
Maarten Appels  photo Maarten Appels Maarten is an experienced specialist in corporate law. He has a wealth…
Jordie Bakker  photo Jordie Bakker Jordie Bakker (attorney at law), is a senior associate of the Real…
Jelmer Baukema  photo Jelmer Baukema Jelmer is an advocaat / lawyer (senior associate) in the finance and…
Sarah Beeston  photo Sarah Beeston Sarah Beeston heads the European & Competition team of Van Doorne. She…
Lisette Bieleveld  photo Lisette Bieleveld Lisette is head of Van Doorne’s Commercial team. She advises and litigates…
Willemien Bischot  photo Willemien Bischot Willemien heads Van Doorne’s Healthcare & and Life Sciences practice. Willemien advises…
Annet Blokhuis  photo Annet Blokhuis Annet’s passion lies in the dynamic and ever-changing field of environmental and…
Johan Boeren  photo Johan Boeren A specialist in corporate and tenancy law. Johan has a wealth of…
Onno Boerstra  photo Onno Boerstra Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts and management…
Berber Bosch photo Berber BoschBerber is part of the IT team. She focuses on drafting, advising…
Roel Botter  photo Roel Botter Roel has extensive experience in financial transactions. His experience includes acquisition finance,…
Friso Foppes  photo Friso Foppes Friso is an expert in corporate law. Friso specialises in particular in…
Andy Furr  photo Andy Furr Candidate Civil-Law Notary
Annemieke Hendrikse  photo Annemieke Hendrikse Annemieke (LLM UCL) heads Van Doorne’s Insurance team. She works in Van…
Walter Hendriksen  photo Walter Hendriksen Walter Hendriksen specialises in complex issues involving director’s and officer’s liability, professional…
Simone Hoogeveen  photo Simone Hoogeveen Simone is partner at Van Doorne and has a wealth of experience…
Daan Horsthuis photo Daan HorsthuisDaan heads Van Doorne’s Funds & Investment Management practice group. He specialises…
Pim Jansen  photo Pim Jansen Pim is part of the European & Competition Law team. He specializes…
Louis Jonker  photo Louis Jonker Louis Jonker is a leading expert in law and technology. Louis has…
Sjoerd Kamerbeek  photo Sjoerd Kamerbeek As corporate law specialist, Sjoerd advises and litigates for internationally renowned clients…
Léone Klapwijk  photo Léone Klapwijk Léone advises network operators, supply and production companies in the regulated sector…
Cees Kniestedt  photo Cees Kniestedt Cees is a highly experienced authority on Property, with special interests in…
Meltem Koning-Gungormez  photo Meltem Koning-Gungormez Meltem has extensive sell-side and buy-side experience in mid-market mergers and acquisitions,…
Sijbren Kuiper photo Sijbren KuiperSijbren is a pension law specialist. He represents a large number of…
Saskia Laseur  photo Saskia Laseur Saskia has worked as a civil-law notary for nearly 20 years, having…
Jasper Leedekerken  photo Jasper Leedekerken Jasper is a member of Van Doorne’s management board and heads the…
Jan Leliveld  photo Jan Leliveld Jan is part of the Criminal Defence & Investigations team. He focuses…
Vanessa Liem  photo Vanessa Liem Vanessa is part of the Criminal Defence & Investigations Team. She focuses…
Marjolijn Lips  photo Marjolijn Lips Marjolijn is a seasoned employment law specialist and trusted advisor for both…
Mark Moolhuizen  photo Mark Moolhuizen Mark is a very experienced expert in the area of private construction…
Bas Pinckaers  photo Bas Pinckaers Bas heads Van Doorne’s Patents and Trade Secrets practice His technological focus…
Harm-Paul Plas photo Harm-Paul Plas
Annerie Ploumen  photo Annerie Ploumen Annerie specializes in property and financing of this property. She assists companies…
Cara Pronk  photo Cara Pronk Within the International Employment Law team Cara specialises in cross-border employment, collective…
Hugo Reumkens  photo Hugo Reumkens Hugo is a very experienced corporate law expert. He mainly focuses on…
Jan Roeland  photo Jan Roeland Jan is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Rogier Schellaars  photo Rogier Schellaars Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration. He is co-practice head (with Prof.…
Jeroen Sombezki  photo Jeroen Sombezki Jeroen is part of the Corporate team. He is an expert in…
Steven Sterk  photo Steven Sterk Steven specialises in employment law. In particular, he focuses on statutory directors…
Sjoerd Stokmans  photo Sjoerd Stokmans Sjoerd specializes in Dutch and international tax law applied i.a. to reorganizations,…
Arnout Stroeve  photo Arnout Stroeve Arnout primarily focuses on designing and restructuring international structures, financing and private equity…
Angelique Thiele  photo Angelique Thiele Angelique is part of the Financing team. Working from the Amsterdam and…
Elisabeth Thole  photo Elisabeth Thole Partner and Head of Privacy Team. Extensively experienced in assisting clients with…
Gijs Verberne  photo Gijs Verberne Gijs is a highly experienced and internationally recommended specialist in European and…
Alexandra Weidner  photo Alexandra Weidner Alexandra is a member of the Commercial team. She specialises in drafting…
Kriek Wille  photo Kriek Wille Kriek heads the IP / Media practice and is co initiator of…
Ingeborg Wind-Middel photo Ingeborg Wind-MiddelIngeborg is highly specialised in public law and has built a solid…
Özer Zivali  photo Özer Zivali Özer is a member of the Privacy Team and is specialized in…
Cees Jan de Boer  photo Cees Jan de Boer Cees Jan specializes in market regulation and competition in healthcare and life…
Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg  photo Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg Pieter is a dispute resolution specialist. With broad litigation experience, including in…
Ruud de Kleijn photo Ruud de KleijnRuud is part of the IT-team at Van Doorne. He advises and…
Rob de Win  photo Rob de Win Rob is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Els de Wind  photo Els de Wind Trusted advisor and seasoned employment lawyer with focus on corporate employment law…
Daan ter Braak  photo Daan ter Braak In the notarial practice, Daan’s specialty is corporate law and more in…
Ariën van Heesen  photo Ariën van Heesen Ariën is a partner in the Real Estate team. He is a…
Dimitri van Hoewijk  photo Dimitri van Hoewijk Dimitri is part of the Corporate team and member of our Healthcare…
Ed van Liere  photo Ed van Liere Ed has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in the area…
Bart van Reeken  photo Bart van Reeken Bart negotiates in a way which contributes to the success of relationships.…
Pieter van Regteren Altena  photo Pieter van Regteren Altena Pieter specializes in liability and insurance law, concentrating on professional liability, product…
Stefan van Rossum  photo Stefan van Rossum Stefan is a seasoned finance and restructuring lawyer and head of our…
Willeke van Spanje  photo Willeke van Spanje Willeke is a member of the Litigation and Insurance team. She has…
Anneloes van Uhm photo Anneloes van UhmAnneloes works in the Finance team. She advises lenders and borrowers in…
Bas van Zelst  photo Bas van Zelst Bas van Zelst is a partner in Van Doorne’s arbitration practice. Bas…
Neyah van der Aa photo Neyah van der AaNeyah specialises in criminal defense and investigations, with a particular focus on…
Number of lawyers : 200
Dutch
English
French
German
Other office : London

Diversity at Van Doorne

Van Doorne has been at the forefront of the industry for many years when it comes to diversity. More than a third of our partners are women, and the overall male/female ratio in our workforce is almost equal. Our internal diversity committee, consisting of people with different backgrounds and years of experience, structurally underpins our commitment to this issue. In addition, we have been active externally for many years with, for example, the Forward Foundation and the IMC Weekend School, and together with the Vrije Universiteit and the Dutch Bar Association we try to bridge the gap to students with a non-Western background. Van Doorne can accurately describe itself as a firm where there is room for everyone.

Van Doorne has an active policy to give employees confidence, so that every talent is given the space to develop optimally. In the Netherlands, the firm has previously received the Innovation Prize for Diversity from the Royal Notarial Association, and the Sonja Boekman Prize; and internationally, it has won the Best National Firm for Women in Business Law Award and the Gender Diversity Initiatives Award. Our partners have also been recognised at an individual level; most recently, Vanessa Liem was a finalist for a Global People Award (alongside the firm being nominated for Best Diversity Firm) at the M&A Awards.

Finally, the Pieter van Doorne Fund was established in 2021, which stimulates sustainability and equality of opportunity by supporting a number of charities. As a committed partner, it supports organisations with financial resources that pursue the same goals.


We advised Stern Groep N.V., the listed Dutch mobility group in automotive retail and services, on the sale and transfer of all the shares in SternFacilitair B.V. to Hedin Mobility Group AB. SternFacilitair B.V., the Dutch mobility group in automotive retail and services, is pleased to report that it will be part of Hedin Mobility Group AB as per Q1 2022. Hedin Mobility Group is a large family-owned company with operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, mainly in the sale and service of vehicles, wholesale of spare parts and tires for vehicles and rental car operations. The transaction involves the core operating assets of SternFacilitair B.V., which consist of the dealer activities, the car repair activities, the car rental activities and holding activities of SternFacilitair, but excluding the shares Stern holds in Bovemij N.V. The total value of the transaction is at least EUR 103 million. The cash consideration to be paid by Hedin Mobility Group AB is EUR 83 million, allowing Stern Groep N.V. to pay an extraordinary dividend of up to EUR 14.75 per share. According to Stern and Hedin, the scale of the relationships with major automotive manufacturers and other participants in the value chain in a pan-European group offers additional diversity and reduced commercial risks for all stakeholders. Moreover, they believe that the combined group will be very well positioned to play a leading role in the expected ongoing consolidation of automotive retailers in Europe.

We advised  Cigna on the sale of life-, accident- and supplemental benefits businesses to Chubb (NYSE: CB). The total value of the transaction was USD 5.75bn. Upon completion of the transaction, Chubb will acquire Cigna’s life-, accident- and supplemental benefits businesses in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand as well as Cigna’s 51% interest in a joint venture in Turkey. Cigna’s 51% interest in the Turkish joint venture is structured through a Dutch company whose share transfer is part of the worldwide proposed transaction. On 7 October 2021 definitive agreement was signed. The transaction is expected to be completed in 2022 and is subject to required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

We assisted EasyPark with the acquisition of the PARK NOW group. EasyPark is a strong and highly experienced international player  active in the field of digital parking services. PARK NOW operates under the brands RingGO, PARK NOW, PARK LINE and PARK MOBILE in eleven countries. PARK NOW is the market leader in the US, UK and the Netherlands. EasyPark is active in more than 20 countries and more than 2200 cities. EasyPark helps drivers remotely find, manage and pay for both parking and electric vehicle charging in one application seamlessly across all countries. PARK NOW forms part of a joint venture between BMW and Daimler.